Friday, August 19, 2011

Internal Carotid Artery

The internal carotid artery is one of a pair of major blood vessels which carries oxygenated blood, supplying the cerebrum, eye, nose, and forehead. On each side of the neck, the internal carotid artery branches from the common carotid artery deep in the upper neck at the level of the throat; then, it runs up until the base of the brain where it divides into anterior cerebral artery and middle cerebral artery, giving off the ophthalmic artery, the posterior communicating artery, and the anterior choroidal artery.